Tag: fantasy

Aug 29
{Book Review} Shift by Raine Thomas

{Book Review} Shift by Raine Thomas

Shift by Raine Thomas Publication Date: August 24, 2012 by Lambe Books Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Series: Firstborn #2 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, sensational seconds challenge, TBR pile challenge,YA/MG fantasy challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Having the ability to shapeshift, Sophia is familiar with change. But even she feels the rising tension in her homeland.A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led… Read more »

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Aug 20
{Review+G!veaway} Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

{Review+G!veaway} Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan

You can find the rest of the tour stops HERE Fractured Light by Rachel McClellan Pages: 304 Publication Date: February 8th 2012 by Sweetwater Books  Age Group: YA Source: NetGalley Series: Fractured Light #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, ABC challenge, YA/MG fantasy challenge Buy this Book: Amazon (.99 cents on Kindle) Summary(from Goodreads): Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. But she never felt ready to face them—until now. Defying the Auran Council and everything she’s been taught, Llona must learn to use her power over light as a weapon if she wants to survive. Fractured Light was such a joy to read. I have been on a pretty good book streak lately. I have enjoyed almost all of the books i’ve been reading for the past few weeks, and then I come across a book like Fractured Light and I’m like, “now this is a… Read more »

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Aug 10
{Guest Post} Ouroboros by Christopher Turkel

{Guest Post} Ouroboros by Christopher Turkel

Today I have the author of Ouroboros, Christopher Turkel here today to talk about writing. Thank you so much for being here Christopher! I have to admit, when I started writing “Ouroboros” I didn’t have much of the world in mind, just some basic ideas as I wrote. Sometimes when I write something it won’t work and I’ll discard the writing. I didn’t want to create a complete world and not use it. But as I wrote, that magic thing happened, the moment when you realize what you are working on has legs and will work. This is when I decided to flesh out the world I was writing. I already knew certain things: humans were a minority, at least in the part of the world, an area called the Prakani Empire, where the novel took place. The Prakani were the majority and while they weren’t overtly discriminatory, they looked down on humans. The Prakani were once human until a large stone fell out of the sky and gave them… Read more »

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Jul 22
{Book Review} Circus Summer by Kailin Gow

{Book Review} Circus Summer by Kailin Gow

Circus Summer by Kailin Gow Pages: 270 Publication Date: June 5, 2012 Age Group: YA Dystopian Fantasy Source: ARC from author Series: Circus of Curiosities #1 Challenge(s): Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, ABC challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): In post-apocalypse America, every season, the Circus of Curiosities visits the city, bringing with it the most fantastic circus acts that are beautiful, majestic, curious, and death-defying. Every season performers for these acts are chosen from the young men and women in each town, trained, and sent to perform in a live grand performance, performed literally to the death. Two performers from Sea Cliff, a beach town at the outskirts of The Center find themselves chosen to be in this Summer’s Circus Act. Both must win at any cost, but could they ignore their feelings for each other? Leela Sinclair needs to win in order to get to The Center where she can get medical help from the best physicians for her ailing mother, plague with a condition… Read more »

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Jul 17
{Guest Post} The Secrets of the Vanmars by Elisabeth Wheatley

{Guest Post} The Secrets of the Vanmars by Elisabeth Wheatley

Today I have a guest post from a young teenage author! Please join me in welcoming Elisabeth to book briefs! She is only 16 and her second book, the Secrets of the Vanmars, is already published! Today she is going to talk about the internet and publishing.  It is an exciting age to be alive, isn’t it? Cell phones, computers, libraries, instant messaging, planes, and my absolute favorite, that magical network, the Internet. The Internet has changed the world. The way the world works and the way we connect and communicate. Why wouldn’t it effect our literature as well? When my first book was published, I was fifteen and had just learned about that thing called “Facebook.” Thanks to parents who encouraged my time be spent with the printed word rather than in Cyberspace and a shoddy local internet connection, I was suffering severe technological impairment. (It’s better now, but I’m learning yet.) Before my first book was picked up by Chengalera Press, we (myself and my business-minded father) started… Read more »

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Jun 19
{Review+G!veaway} Waterspell: The Warlock by Deborah Lightfoot

{Review+G!veaway} Waterspell: The Warlock by Deborah Lightfoot

Today I have a review and giveaway for the warlock tour!  The Warlock by Deborah Lightfoot Pages: Paperback, 375 pages Published January 1st 2012 by Seven Rivers Publishing Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Series: Waterspell book 1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Witches and withcraft challenge, YA/MG fantasy challenge Buy this Book:Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic — and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can’t seem to decide whether to love her or kill her.  This was a good read. I really enjoyed the story and I liked watching it unfold and grow as the book went on. That’s how I felt about… Read more »

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May 15
{Book Review} Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy

{Book Review} Beckoning Light by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Beckoning light by Alyssa Rose Ivy Pages: 256 Publication Date:  July 25th 2011 by Createspace Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Series: Afterglow trilogy #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge,  Dusty Reads Challenge Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): As Charlotte steps through the gate, she has a strong feeling that nothing will ever be the same again.Moving back to South Carolina after three years away, Charlotte knows she’s going to have to face people from her past and adjust to a new high school, but she’s completely unprepared for what else waits for her in Charleston. Drawn through an old garden gate, Charlotte discovers a hidden world where she meets Calvin, a boy to whom she is inexplicably attracted. As Charlotte is pulled deeper into this hidden world, it’s up to her older brother Kevin to rescue her. No matter how hard Kevin tries, the rescue depends upon Charlotte fighting her intense feelings for Calvin while mastering a set of abilities that she… Read more »

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May 12
{Review} Defy by Raine Thomas

{Review} Defy by Raine Thomas

Defy by Raine Thomas Pages: 285 Publication Date:  April 30th 2012 by Iambe Books Age Group: YA Source: Author for Blog Tour Series: Firstborn trilogy #1 Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, ABC, fantasy,  Buy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Tate is about to make her parents’ dreams come true. Unfortunately for her, their dreams foretell her death. Eager to explore more of the Estilorian plane and prove her abilities, Tate goes against her parents’ wishes and leaves the area of protection surrounding her home. Her choice puts her on a deadly path…one that leaves her alone, severely injured and battling for her life. Her possible savior arrives in the form of Zachariah, a male who has removed himself from Estilorian society for more than fifty years. Fighting an unexpected connection to Tate, he must decide whether saving her life is worth destroying his. As Tate struggles to find a way home, she ends up drawn into a dark Mercesti plot involving multiple murders and a powerful… Read more »

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May 10
{ARC Review+G!veaway} The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler

{ARC Review+G!veaway} The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler

The Shapeshifter’s Secret by Heather Ostler Paperback, 1st Edition, 328 pages Expected publication: June 12th 2012 by Cedar Fort Age Group: YA Source: Publisher Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Debut Author Challenge, ABC challenge, YA/MG fantasy challenge Buy this Book: Pre- Order on Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Julia is finally discovering what–not who–she is.Like any sixteen-year-old, Julia’s used to dealing with problems. From her overprotective father to her absent mother to a teacher who definitely has it in for her. But everything changes when Julia’s reactions become oddly vicious and angry—more animal than human. This action-packed adventure has it all: humor, romance, and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very last page. This is such a good book! The kind of book where you would do anything, ANYTHING to get your hands on the next one right then, because you can’t even wait another minute to find out what happens next. I could keep gushing, but I think I will get to the actual review.  The… Read more »

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Apr 10
{Review+G!veaway} Here by Denise Grover Swank

{Review+G!veaway} Here by Denise Grover Swank

Here by Denise Grover SwankPages: 350Publication Date: November 11th 2011 by CreateSpaceAge Group: YASource: Blog TourSeries: On the Otherside #1Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, TBR pile challenge,  Dusty Reads ChallengeBuy this Book :Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Sixteen year old Julia Phillips buries herself in guilt after killing her best friend Monica in a car accident. Julia awoke in the hospital with a broken leg, a new talent for drawing and false memories of the accident, in which she dies and Monica lives. The doctors attribute this to her head injury, but no one can explain how a bracelet engraved with her name ended up at the scene of the accident. A bracelet no one has ever seen before.Classmate Evan Whittaker paid Julia no attention before the accident, let alone after. Now suddenly he’s volunteering to tutor her and offering to drive her home. She can’t ignore that his new obsession started after his two-day disappearance last week and that he wears a pendant she’s been drawing for… Read more »

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